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Tweet Makes It Into The Oxford English Dictionary

After seven years of short 140-character bursts, memes and punchline hashtags, the term “tweet” has officially become a real word in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Tweet can now correctly be used as either a noun or a verb (as in “Send me a tweet” or “Let me tweet that”) and joins the 54 year-old slang term “to have a ... Read More »

Life in the freezer

The Antarctic night sky is the brightest and clearest you will ever see – with little light or pollution to block your view it is stunning. Antarctica is a continent of extremes – the harshest, driest and coldest place on Earth and also my home for a night on the ice as part of my expedition to Antarctica. We land ... Read More »

DNA ‘perfect for digital storage’

Scientists have given another eloquent demonstration of how DNA could be used to archive digital data. The UK team encoded a scholarly paper, a photo, Shakespeare’s sonnets and a portion of Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech in artificially produced segments of the “life molecule”. The information was then read back out with 100% accuracy. It is possible ... Read More »

Curiosity to make tricky Mars landing

In the most difficult mission yet to learn whether Mars was ever a place where life could exist, NASA engineers will attempt to land a roving laboratory on the planet Sunday for a scouting venture across the floor of a Martian crater where essential chemicals for life may lie hidden. baby betta fish The nuclear-powered rover named Curiosity, bearing some of ... Read More »

For long life, sleep well

A good night’s sleep could be the key to living longer. People who reach 100 are three times more likely to spend at least 10 hours a night in bed, scientists have found. The research shows that health problems are associated with poor sleep quality. When we sleep, our cells regenerate and we also remove toxins and activate immune system ... Read More »